Aletheia Name Meaning & Origin

Aletheia

Pronunciation: ah-LEE-thee-ə, ah-leh-THEE-ə (key)

Origin of the name Alethea:

Derived from the Greek alēthia (truth).

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The name is pronounced ah-LAY-thay-a. From the Greek ἀλήθεια. The characters "η" and "ει" are pronouced like the vowel sound in "bait" (See http://www.utexas.edu/cola/centers/lrc/eieol/grkol-0-X.html).

I knew an Alethea who pronounced her name uh-LAY-thee-ah, but most name websites cite it as pronounced uh-LEE-thee-ah. In Texas the common pronunciation seems to be al-a-THEE-a

Personal experiences with the name Aletheia: | Edit

I have known two women with this name - one is a blonde-haired seminary student, and the other is an African-American woman from Alaska.

My parents named me Aletheia, pronounced a-lee-thee-a, and I've never resented my name. I feel like saying that whoever said it's like Alicia with a lisp is quite offensive honestly. The only thing about my name is that rarely anyone ever gets it right the first time. Ah-la-thay-a, Al-thee-a, A-lee-tha, I've heard them all.

Nicknames for Aletheia: | Edit

Theia, Thea, LeLe

Meanings and history of the name Aletheia: | Edit

Aletheia is the Greek word for truth. It is a combination of the prefix a- (signifying lack) and the Greek word 'lethe', meaning forgetfulness (therefore making truth a lack of forgetfulness, or un-forgetfulnes). Lethe is also the river in Hades from which souls returning to mortal form drink prior to their rebirth - the idea is that a soul, knowing all in the afterlife, must "forget" these truths prior to rebirth. Thus truth in life is arrived at when a person remembers those things that it had known in its immortal form.

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H Alitheia Einai(The Truth Is)- Antonis Remos

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